Loadtec Benbecula Press Release

Loadtec Engineered Systems Acquired by Benbecula Group

Loadtec Benbecula Press ReleaseLoadtec Engineered Systems is delighted to announce the sale of its group of companies comprising; Loadtec Engineered Systems, In Control Projects and Loadtec Service, to Benbecula Group, a privately funded group of companies based in Wallsend, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Benbecula Group is led by Ally MacDonald, former CEO of Wellstream International and MD of Technip Umbilicals, current Chairman of Tekmar Energy.

The move greatly strengthens The Loadtec Group portfolio via its new sister companies; Tyne Gangway, Lift-rite Engineering Services and DDS Metals which serve the offshore, marine and engineering sectors.

Loadtec, established in 1996, has an excellent global reputation for providing an inclusive design, supply, commissioning and service package for loading arms, tanker access and fall prevention systems.

Lift-Rite which was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017, designs, manufactures, inspects, repairs and hires out lifting equipment, whilst offering on-site rigging and mobilisation services.

Tyne Gangway, originally founded in 1934, was acquired by Benbecula Group in October 2017. The company manufactures and designs marine access systems including gangways and accommodation ladders, predominately for the marine industry, with 50 percent of its equipment produced for export.

A large proportion of Tyne Gangway’s materials are supplied by it’s third division, DDS Metals, also acquired in Oct 2017 by Benbecula Group.  DDS was founded in 2005 and supplies aluminium and stainless steel plates and extrusions to a UK customer base.

As a result of this latest acquisition by Benbecula, the Group is targeting further growth in existing and complementary markets.  The Loadtec management team will remain and will be utilising the greater group resources to further grow the business.

Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec said, “We reached a point where we needed to be part of a larger group to achieve the growth we were looking for. Without wider support and financial resource, we were vulnerable to market fluctuations. Benbecula presented a clear strategy to grow the Loadtec Group and develop the existing team towards greater achievements. Our businesses complement each other well, it's very much a win-win arrangement and we look forward to providing our old and new customers both nationally and internationally with an even better customer experience."

Loadtec Group will continue to provide their Zip-Load loading arm products and safe tanker access systems. Going forward, this will be enhanced with innovative and unique products that will anticipate the changing needs of the industries served. Keeler added "We now move into a very exciting phase of the Loadtec story with a professional and ambitious partner".


For more details about this press release, please contact:

Sue Keeler
Loadtec Engineered Systems Limited
The Stables, Coach House
Hythe Road, Smeeth
Kent TN25 6SP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 01303 81 4040
Mobile: +44 (0) 7747 844240

Email: sue@loadtec.co.uk

Loadtec Automatic Loading Arm

Making operator safety a top priority

This article has been reproduced from Tank Storage Magazine February/March 2018 issue.

When it comes to safety, terminals, refineries and chemical plants globally are always keen to highlight how much of a priority it is in their day-to-day operations.

‘I cannot recall the amount of times I have seen ‘safety is our #1 priority’ as I walk into terminals, refineries and chemical plants,’ says Alec Keeler, managing director of UK-based Loadtec Engineered Systems.

‘So I think, ok, let’s see that in action.’ Sadly, as Keeler recalls, it is a somewhat different story. In many cases in fact, there is a scattering of minimal equipment, designed and built to a specified budget to ‘appease authorities and doesn’t give a moment’s thought to actual operator safety and ergonomics’.

Ergonomics, according to the Collins English Dictionary, is ‘the study of the relationship between workers and their environment, especially the equipment they use’. ‘For many workers, this is an excuse to spend company money on an office chair that has multiple adjustments, which are never truly used,’ says Keeler. ‘But let’s apply this thinking to the concept of industrial safety.’

The loading and unloading of tankers, regardless of the liquid handled, is a hazardous operation, and this is where the concept of Ergonomics comes in.

Traditionally, the loading arm is moved by hand from a parking point, out to the tanker and lowered into position in the manhole.

Evolving requirements

‘The operator takes great care not to damage the equipment by clashing with peripheral structures - or not, as is most likely the case,’ says Keeler. This is because the loading arm has now become more integrated into industrial process machinery, and as such comes with an assortment of valves, sensors and other equipment, adding to its weight.

‘Previously, the loading arm was a simple articulating and counterbalanced pipe, which made it fairly lightweight and easy to handle. Step forward 30 years and in many cases the loading arm is carrying instruments, actuated valves; sensors; vapour recovery; anti-splash telescoping drop pipe and anything else the client thinks is necessary.

‘This turns the lightweight pipe into an 800kg + machine. This is 800kg + that needs to be moved, with care, while working on a tanker top in all weathers.’

Hydraulic actuation of all movements is a reliable option and is increasingly used to allow the operator to guide the arm into the manhole and, when loading is complete, to retrieve the arm and park it safely.

However, the action of moving the arm is still reliant on the skill and familiarity of the operator to use the controls. A misadventure when driving a hydraulic powered arm can be far greater than when it is hand powered. It can result in damage to the loading arm, the tanker and quite possibly the operator if they are standing in the wrong place.

With operator safety at the heart of its business strategy, Loadtec has developed a solution to mitigate the danger facing operators.

‘It will appeal to companies who are already handling dangerous liquids in unfavourable situations,’ says Keeler. ‘This is for companies who have recognised the hazard and are considering buying 3-way hydraulic arms or, at least, complex pneumatically balanced arms.’

The automatic arm

So, what is this solution?

Imagine a tanker loading operation, where the tanker is positioned somewhere in the loading bay. The manhole has been opened and it awaits filling and the loading arm is parked in a tundish.

One button is pressed. It can be pressed from a control panel on the loading platform or a distant control room. The loading arm will lift out of the tundish and move through its arcs to a point over the tanker. Then, it will actively search for the open manhole. Once detected, it will lower itself into position and carry out self-checking operations (tanker earthed/arm pressed on the manhole/vapour line pressure OK/high level alarms dry).

Only when all this is verified will it give a permissive to start loading. This can be linked to a pre/post purge sequence or directly to the DCS. On completion of loading, the arm will remove itself from the tanker and return directly to the parking tundish where a purge can be conducted awaiting the next load.

There are several benefits:

  • The operator is not subject to environmental hazards,
  • The loading sequence is performed, monitored and measured precisely and consistently each time. This is irrespective of who is on duty or handling that station and their familiarity with the equipment,
  • The operator faces zero ergonomic challenges,
  • The costs are recovered very quickly due to the saving of not having an operator present for the duration of tanker filling.

Several of Loadtec’s clients are currently working on concepts where driverless tankers arrive at operator-less depots.

‘Given the progress we’ve all seen with driverless cars in the last five years, we fully expect to see pilot sites emerging within the next five years,’ explains Keeler.

‘The Loadtec automatic arm bridges the gap between what is possible now and the inevitable future direction of the industry. It is a future that Loadtec with its loading arm partner, Zipfluid, will embrace as we continue to challenge convention with innovative ideas that shape environmental and operator safe working practices.’

For more information

info@loadtec.co.uk, www.loadtec.co.uk

Tank Storage Magazine February/March 2018 Page 105 (PDF)

Loadtec Zipfluid Stand at StocExpo 2017 2

StocExpo Europe 2018

Location: Rotterdam Ahoy, The Netherlands

Date: 20-22 March 2018

Stand Number: J8

StocExpo Europe 2018 is the world's leading international event for the tank terminal industry and returns to Rotterdam Ahoy, The Netherlands, in March 2018.

In this new storage era, where the demand for oil continues to grow, there is huge competition in the ARA region with significant storage capacity under construction or being announced. Experts predict 2-3% capacity expansion over the next few years, with €600 million being invested into storage assets in Antwerp alone.

Loadtec will be teaming up with Zip-Load JV partner Zipfluid Srl to exhibit in this three-day exhibition and conference hosted in the heart of the ARA region, the world’s largest oil and gas trading hub.

With three days of business opportunities, networking and knowledge sharing, StocExpo Europe is an event not to be missed and we hope you will take this opportunity to come and meet the Loadtec/Zipfluid team to discuss your bulk fluid handling and tanker access needs.

Find out more.

Loadtec Safety Solution for Tanker Access - The Multi-Modal

Safe Truck Loading Operations In Emerging Markets

This article was written by Rudi Stalmans and has been reproduced from ener8 published on 27 November 2017.

Every tank terminal must guarantee safe truck loading operations. Working at height remains one of the prevalent causes of fatalities and major injuries, with common cases including falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces.

Traders or cargo owners involved in road transportation of bulk liquid chemicals must develop and follow best-practice standards and work with specialist contractors, industry bodies, governments and non-governmental organisations.

Road safety mainly focuses on driver skills and behaviour, as well as the condition of the vehicle, road and local environment. Global and local road safety standards and routine audits of the road safety capabilities of used contractors are recommended.

In emerging markets, we regularly see major chemical cargo owners and traders avoiding truck deliveries due to the difficulty to manage associated risks and the potential consequences of transport accidents.

Therefore, tank terminal storage capacity is often rented in emerging markets from where products are sold to local customers based on ex-tank terms. Under these terms the title and risk is transferred from the seller to the buyer when the product passes the outlet flange of the seller’s storage tank from which the product is being delivered, unless otherwise agreed.

We also often see tank terminals in emerging markets with good jetty and storage tank infrastructure, but with very poor truck loading bay facilities. The latter may be linked to less effective local road transport regulations in emerging markets, while jetty and tank storage management is more closely linked to strict and clear international and local maritime regulations.

So, who will be responsible and taken accountable in case of an incident during truck loading operations at a tank terminal?

Any tank terminal has the primary corporate aim and obligation of providing a safe and clean working environment for site employees, contractors and customers. That means using the best technology and working practices, which is non-negotiable.

In case of an incident at the truck loading bay, a finger will most likely be pointed at both the terminal and the company renting the storage tanks from where the product is being delivered, even when the latter is selling ex-tank and especially when they are a large company with a solid brand name


Where working on top of road tankers or tank containers is deemed necessary, the risks to consider will include falls from a height, access and egress, contact with product and exposure to fumes.

To prevent falls from tankers, the following hierarchy of control measures needs to be considered:

  • eliminate the need to access tops of tankers
  • provision of a loading/unloading gantry
  • tanker design features such as ladders, walkways and collapsible handrails
  • use of portable ladders with platforms
  • installation of fall arrest systems.

This hierarchy tells the operator how to prioritise controls. What it says is that, if tank top access is unavoidable and no other fall prevention method is possible, then a fall arrest system must be put in place.


Loadtec Engineered Systems was set up almost 20 years ago primarily to sell loading arms but, increasingly, the company is supplying total solutions that make a difference to the whole working environment.

With well established manufacturing facilities for loading arms and access equipment in Europe and the US, Loadtec has safely delivered safe and efficient solutions to bulk liquid transfer and access systems globally.

Below are various solutions Loadtec can offer for those working on the top of tanks and they range from the safest to the least safe solution and with costs to match:

  • Multi-Modal Access System – The safest and most expensive of the fall prevention systems Loadtec offers, this system is designed to provide operators with flexible and safe access on to tankers of varying heights and lengths. The unique feature is that each end of the elevating platform can be tilted to match the slope of a tanker top.
  • Tanker Enclosure System – This allows the operator to have free access to the entire tanker top. This can mean walking along the top of a round barrel or ISO container with varying designs of walkway and manhole positions without reliance on the tanker walkways.
  • Large Cage Tanker Solution – Wide safety cages provide complete fall prevention where multiple hatches need to be accessed, this simple design can be easily configured to fit onto your existing structures or supplied with any platform and stair configuration.
  • Mobile Access Carts – This cart can be moved around a loading bay easily by one person or longer distances with a tractor and suitable for areas with limited space.

Let us know if you have an inquiry or find more information about Loadtec Engineered Systems on their website.

How can ener8 help tank terminals? With a strong background and experience in bulk liquid chemical logistics and supply chain management, ener8 helps tank terminals to achieve their growth goals. Contact us in case you are a tank terminal operator or investor and require consultancy for a new project or study, marketing and sales strategy development, service development and enhancement, business development and sales, HSEQ and audit preparation or logistics advice and support.

A great level of safety will result in more business opportunities, so be sure not to forget your truck loading operations!

For more information about our services, click here.

Rudi Stalmans

Rudi Stalmans PictureRudi has a strong background in Asia Pacific dating back to 1992 and has more than 20 years of experience in Bulk Liquid Chemical Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Development and Marketing. Rudi is the founder and Managing Director of ener8 limited.

Tank Storage Awards 2017 Loadtec Zipfluid Group Picture

Something to Celebrate

This article has been reproduced from Tank Storage Magazine June/July 2017 issue.

Tank Storage Awards 2017 Alec KeelerThe first Global Tank Storage Awards was filled with anticipation and excitement, and it did not disappoint on either front. The sold-out event, attended by 180 professionals from across the tank terminal sector, was hosted by international comedian Bob Maclaren and as guests dined on a sumptuous three course meal, they were entertained by a magician.

The evening celebrated achievements by terminal operators, ports, equipment suppliers and individuals. Following the award’s ceremony, guests enjoyed trying their luck at the casino as well as enjoying the photobooth as live band Blend-It performed some familiar favourites.

Margaret Dunn, Tank Storage Magazine’s publisher, says: ‘Our first event exceeded our expectations and it was clear that everyone had a really enjoyable evening. We are looking forward to working closely with the industry to select next year’s judges and categories and continue growing the event.’

‘Loadtec and Zipfluid spent a very enjoyable evening at the first Global Tank Storage Awards gala dinner. It was a good opportunity to host our clients from StocExpo Europe in a relaxed environment. The event was very well organised and a good time was had by all. Well done to the Tank Storage team!’

Sue Keeler, director, Loadtec Engineered Systems

‘Professional organisation, a knowledgeable audience and a highly qualified judges made this event high scale and gave the award winners good recognition and broad acceptance for their individual products and performances. It was an impressive event.’

Thomas Overbeck, CEO, Timm Elektronik

Tank Storage Magazine Something to Celebrate June/July 2017 (PDF)

NAPEC 2017

8th North Africa Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (NAPEC) 2018

Location: Oran Conventions Center, Algeria

Date: 25-28 March 2018

Stand Number: B4-13

Loadtec will be partnering with TIMM Eletronik to showcase our latest products and services at the largest international oil & gas trade show in Africa, dedicated to upstream, midstream and downstream activities and also to the products and services suppliers related to the oil & gas business in the North African region.

The four-day show is set to attract thousands of investors and professionals who attend to discover the future technologies and services for their companies.

The event will be a comprehensive showcase of various technologies to meet the needs of oil & gas operators and the Loadtec/TIMM team will be happy to talk to you about your bulk fluid transfer, fall prevention and grounding control technology requirements.

There will also be a conference element to the exhibition where up-to-date topics will be discussed, under the guidance of national and international experts.

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Interns Shandish and Josh, both 15, with sales engineer Alex Bolden doing work experience at Loadtec Head Office in Kent

Honeywell Training Event

This piece about the Honeywell training event was written by Shandish and Josh, both 15 years of age, who are here doing work experience at Loadtec Engineered Systems Ltd Head Office in Kent. They interviewed the staff involved in the training and had to understand industrial technical processes while writing this piece.

Honeywell Training Event

Three members of the Loadtec team –  Sales Engineers Rob Keeler and Alex Bolden, together with Project Engineer Nick Wood – attended the Honeywell training event in Chesterfield, UK. Honeywell is a company that deals with both domestic and industrial electrical and control equipment/software.

They learnt how fuels are blended and supplemented with additives. Honeywell has a product called the MSC-L which is a multi-stream load controller that manages how the fuel is blended and how much of each additive is combined with the product when put into tankers from fuel storage tanks at the terminal. The MSC-L meters and records all transactions associated with the loading process to MID specifications.

The MSC-L is unique due to its easy-to-use buttons and features and compatibility with safety devices including overfill prevention devices and earthing monitors. It has the ability to load different products through different channels simultaneously; it saves and shares how much of the product is inserted into the tanker and the concentration of its blend with the terminal’s automation system.

The event was a showcase of the product and its capabilities with the Loadtec team being shown how it works in a live demo situation with an explanation on the loading, additive injection and blending processes and where the MSC-L would be beneficial. The MSC-L has many optional adaptations that can be integrated to suit the specific needs of the end user.

  1. Fuel delivered to a fuel storage terminal usually by pipeline/sea/river
  2. Fuel tanker driver collects product from terminal
  3. The product must be metered whilst being loaded into the tanker and may require additive injection and blending
  4. Additives or blending chemicals may be added to meet local legislation and/or client requirements
  5. The MSC-L allows the driver to complete the loading and record volumes. The simple easy-to-use large buttons allow the driver to easily operate the MSC-L while wearing personal protective equipment
Loadtec International Sales Director MENA Jean-Philippe Hudelot

Announcing the appointment of International Sales Director MEA Jean-Philippe Hudelot

For Immediate Release - Thursday, 6th July 2017

Loadtec International Sales Director MEA Jean-Philippe HudelotLoadtec Engineered Systems Ltd is pleased to announce that Jean-Philippe Hudelot has joined their team as International Sales Director MEA. Jean-Philippe has many years' experience of successfully leading and developing international sales teams in the loading arm business and is well known throughout Africa and the Middle East, where he will concentrate his activities.

"Loadtec continues to grow and in doing so, it must ensure that its team is the very best, both technically and commercially. The appointment of Jean-Philippe will allow us to develop our African business and strengthen the position we have in the Middle East," explains Alec Keeler, Managing Director of Loadtec.

Welcome to the team Jean-Philippe!

To contact Jean-Philippe, please email him at jph@loadtecinternational.com or contact our Global Communications Manager Angeline with any of your queries.

For other product and service enquiries, call us on +44 1303 813030 or email us now!

Loadtec Service In Control Team

Fuels Loading Brochure 2017

If you are a fuel distributor looking for a one stop shop for all the equipment and services require for loading fuels efficiently and safely, look no further! The Loadtec Engineered Services, Loadtec Service and In Control teams can provide all the correct equipment to allow you to load and unload fuels safely and efficiently. Check out our new fuels loading brochure to find out more...

Loadtec And In Control Fuels Loading Brochure (PDF)

Loadtec Service Team Installing Large Safety Cages and Folding Stairs - Teesside, UK

The Future List

This article has been reproduced from Kent Business Online April 2017.

The Future List reveals the 25 companies in Kent set to change the way we live and do business

Loadtec, Smeeth

This small team of engineers are experts in how to fill and empty liquid tankers – and stop workers falling from height. They are specialists in transferring liquids on a large scale and make loading arms used to fill oil tankers. Founded in 1996, it has clients across Africa, the Middle East and Asia in the chemical, aviation, fertiliser and petroleum industries. Its marine loading arms transfer liquids and gas across all vessels from river barges to super tankers. Its technology also helps transfer fuels in freezing conditions on hard-to-reach oil rigs, particularly in Russia. It also makes platforms to ensure workers use their equipment without risk of falling.

How is it changing the world?

Its innovations allow the oil and gas industry to work more efficiently and safely.

For the full list, please visit The Future List article. The Future List was sponsored by Cripps.

Tank Storage Award Winners 2017

Tank Storage Magazine highlights industry leaders at 2017 Global Tank Storage Awards

This press release was provided by Tank Storage Magazine.

The inaugural Global Tank Storage Awards ceremony was held last week during StocExpo Europe in Rotterdam.

The sold-out ceremony & gala dinner took place at the stunning Floating Pavilion on 29th March.

Organised by the marketing leading publication Tank Storage Magazine, the event was hosted by international comedian Bob Maclaren. The evening’s entertainment also included a magician, casino, photobooth and live band Blend-It.

Attended by 180 industry professionals the ceremony celebrated achievements made by terminal operators, ports, equipment suppliers and individuals.

Following is the list of 2017 Global Tank Storage Award winners:

  • Safety Excellence in Bulk Liquid Storage Award: Ventspils Nafta Terminals
  • Biggest Commitment to Environmental Protection Award: IL&FS Prime Terminals
  • Most Efficient Storage Terminal Award: LBC-Cepsa
  • Best Port Award: Port of Antwerp
  • Most Innovative Technology Award: Elios, Flyability
  • Most Invaluable Product Award: Overfill Prevention Controller EUS-2, Timm Elektronik
  • Best Technology Provider Award: Loadtec Engineered Systems
  • Best Newcomer Award: Frank Schreurs, Managing Director, In-Energy
  • Individual Achievement Award: Ellen Ruhotas, Managing Director, Ratio Group
  • Personality of the Year Award: Tony Quinn, CEO, TankBank International

‘We would like to thank the judges and the event sponsors Concrete Canvas, Loadtec Engineered Systems & TankBank International for making it a night to remember,’ said Margaret Dunn, Tank Storage Magazine’s publisher.

‘Moving forward Tank Storage Magazine will work closely with the industry to establish next year’s judges and categories.’

The 2018 event will be held on the 21st March 2018 in Rotterdam as part of StocExpo Europe, which will also be held in Rotterdam on 20-22nd March.

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are available now. Please contact David Kelly for further information on david@tankstoragemag.com.

Full details will be made available at www.tankstoragemag.com/awards

Further details on next year’s StocExpo will be made available at www.stocexpo.com

Loadtec Zip-Load Integrated Meter Skid Atex Control System & Telescopic Top Loading Arm

The Loading Arm: An Evolution in Safety

This article has been reproduced from Tank Storage Magazine Feb/Mar 2017 issue.

The oil and gas industry is sometimes seen as something from the Jurassic age, much like the products it deals with, an industry where innovation and development lags behind the superfast digital age. Is this perception true? Alec Keeler, managing director of Loadtec Engineered Systems, begs to differ.
Loadtec Zip-Load Integrated Meter Skid Atex Control System & Telescopic Top Loading ArmInnovation and safety is its roots

The modern loading arm was invented in 1938 when Bob Wheaton and John Savage built an articulated pipe system to replace a canvas hose and swivel joint arrangement for loading 1,000-gallon horse-drawn tanker barrels carrying hops in New Jersey, US.

Until this point, rubber hoses were the main method used for fluid loading and unloading on road tankers, rail tank cars and ships (marine loading arms were first made commercially available in the 1950s). By replacing hoses with loading arms, the safety and operational efficiency benefits were numerous:

  • Hoses have limited bend radius, can be catastrophically damaged through poor handling; are an environmental spill waiting to happen and more likely to become a major manual handling incident
  • Loading arms are balanced throughout their movement envelope; are designed not to hit the ground – protecting the valves and couplers; carry a (negotiable) five-year warranty; allow a one-man operation; can be moved into position with ease and left hanging in the air while the operator prepares the tanker connection; are parked neatly and can have various interlocks fitted to give warnings of arm condition or position.

The method of transferring fluids has changed surprisingly little since then. What has changed though is not only the security, reliability, durability and safety of the components used, but also the operation built around a loading arm to make the process of transferring fluid safer, faster and more efficient.

In the autumn of 2015, Loadtec was approached by an international pharmaceutical company in Ireland. They had no experience with liquid tanker loading, having previously only exported in bulk powder form. They required a turnkey solution.

All the client wanted to do was provide clean-dry instrument air, 110 volts and an inlet flange. They wanted Loadtec to manage everything else.

New challenges

In the early 2000s, Loadtec developed a design for waste solvent tanker loading using telescopic loading arms. These were provided extensively to the pharmaceutical industry and set new standards for safe, clean and efficient tanker loading of this volatile liquid.

However, the scope was limited to the loading arm with a telescopic drop pipe and the fall prevention systems which, by then, Loadtec had their credentials firmly established for having the widest portfolio on the market.

The most recent project set new challenges for the UK-based company that it believes has further evolved the concept and pushed the boundaries of ‘plug and play’ loading arm technology.

In this case, the client requested that the station should:

  • be designed to be the most compact size
  • all necessary components at easy working height for maintenance and cleaning
  • ATEX-approved custom control system to interface with the client’s DCS (distributed control system), provide pre-set batch volumes and totaliser along with permissives from a number of safety interlocks:
    • Interlock #1 – Loading arm not parked
    • Interlock #2 – Loading arm cone pressed down on manhole rim
    • Interlock #3 – Telescopic drop pipe touching tanker bottom
    • Interlock #4 – Vapour return line pressure below pre-set limit
    • Interlock #5 – High level probe is dry
    • Interlock #6 – Tanker is correctly earthed and verified
    • Interlock #7 – Dry line detection upstream of the control valve
    • Interlock #8 – Heating system at optimal temperature
Loadtec Zip-Load Rear View of Meter SkidListen, create and innovate

Rather than supply a separate meter skid to control the flow of the product into the tank, Loadtec employed a technique developed on a previous multi-position rail loading project in Saudi Arabia.

The metering and control components are all mounted on the loading arm standpost. This provides the customer with a neat solution which is shipped in two boxes to site and can be assembled in a few hours.

It further eliminates the need for site run spool pieces between the two packages and allows installation to take place in less than one day.

Loadtec Zip-Load Detail View on Control Valve Position IndicatorLoadtec also supplied a control system with batch controller which connected to the site PLC (programmable logic controller) providing assurance to the operators in the control room that all the loading conditions had been met before loading commences. Because the loading process would take a number of hours, the panel was designed to be fully automated but also readable by a security camera watched by a remote operator. The starting point was the platform, this included a large working area, double flight stairs to ground and a canopy over the working area.

This arrived at site from Loadtec’s UK facility in a semi-pre-assembled state. Site time involved bolting the sub-assemblies together and mounting on the foundations.

Next the folding stair, meter skid and top loading arm delivered from the Zip-Load factory in Italy.

These all arrived and were installed by the site team following the IKEA-type instructions provided. The final visit by a Loadtec Service commissioning engineer was to set up the system and ensure everything was working in line with the operating philosophy.

Inspirational technology

Uniqueness in this market is uncommon. Virtually all designs are an adaptation of a previous solution. In this case the design has been very much an evolution, created by a customer need that was listened to, developed and well presented as a solution.

While this solution was developed for the pharmaceutical industry, waste solvent is a chemical and this technology is something that can and should be easily adapted into the oil and gas market today.

The compactness of the design certainly had its own challenges and the Loadtec engineers utilised Solidworks systems to ensure that everything went together seamlessly. Once built, the system was fully tested in the client’s presence for flow and interlock viability at our test facility in the factory.

This meant that the unit could be tested at full flow, physically disrupt all the interlocks, both in turn and in combination, to witness the behaviour of the control system and valves. It also allowed for the simulation of real world issues that can arise during normal tanker loading.

For more information

This article was written by Alec Keeler, managing director of Loadtec Engineered Systems. info@loadtec.co.uk, +44 (0)1303 813030

Tank Storage Magazine The Loading Arm: An Evolution in Safety Page 86-87 Feb/Mar 2017 (PDF)